Today marks the launch of Corsearch Domain Vigilance, a fast and convenient domain investigation tool that uncovers hidden risks across domains globally for trademark practitioners. This self-service tool enables users to conduct a quick WHOIS ownership lookup for a single domain and then, using the ownership record, uncover alternate domains owned by the same individual
With over 326 million registered domain names as of March 2016, Domain Vigilance responds to the growing market demand for more robust and detailed monitoring and risk management with diverse applications, including:
- Screening for existing domains that conflict with new trademark procurement;
- Auditing and monitoring corporate domain portfolios or partner domains for brand and regulatory compliance;
- Identifying and reviewing domains related to mergers and acquisitions; and
- Discovering unknown trademark and copyright infringement.
Using proprietary and patented technology, the Corsearch Domain Vigilance system can identify domains that are an identical or confusingly similar match to a prospective trademark, domain name, or brand name for any Top Level Domain (TLD) globally and then present real-time domain ownership details and a current website screenshot. Additionally, the tool can quickly audit corporate domain portfolios to verify the WHOIS record reflects accurate ownership information and that domains resolve correctly.
ICANN’s approval of 1,167 new domain extensions in recent years has opened the floodgates of a digital land rush.“Since the launch of ICANN’s new gTLD program in 2013, the size of brands’ domain portfolios has exploded and so has their exposure to cybersquatting,” said Tobias Hartmann, General Manager of Corsearch. “Our domain investigation tool is a complete solution to both managing global domain portfolios and ferreting out domain squatters. We’ve already helped several customers enhance their trademark clearance processes and M&A due diligence efforts. The launch of Domain Vigilance will transform how domains are investigated, monitored, and managed.